Makerere University together with the Government of China and Xiangtan University launched the Confucius Institute at a colorful ceremony, held on 19th December 2014 in the University's Main Hall. The launch was as result of long term partnership between Makerere University and Xiangtan University to train and teach Chinese language and culture in Uganda.
The first of its kind to be established in the country, the Confucius Institute is a non–profit public institution, born out of the genuine cooperation between Makerere University and Xiangtan University since 2010. The institute hosted by Makerere University with support from the Government of the Peoples Republic of China will offer courses in Chinese to Makerere university students, staff and members of the general public interested in learning Chinese for all purposes. The Confucius Institute will also be a centre for promoting cultural and business ties between the people of Uganda and China.
The Vice Chancellor Prof. John Ddumba-Ssentamu, appreciated the Government of China for choosing Makerere University to host the first Confucius institute in Uganda.
“The establishment of Confucius Institute at Makerere University is indeed an important milestone in the history of cooperation between Uganda and China. I therefore thank the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban), the Embassy of the Peoples Republic of China in Uganda and Xiangtan University for the financial and material support rendered towards the establishment of the institute”
Prof. Ddumba-Ssentamu also advised Ugandans to utilize this chance to learn Chinese so as to broaden their cooperation with Chinese nationals as it is one of the fastest ways to bring development and modernization to Uganda‘s economy.
“As you may be aware, China is currently one of the fastest growing economies in the world and its influence in global affairs cannot be underestimated. Therefore, as the interaction between Chinese and Ugandan businesses continues to grow, communication becomes more important. I believe that, with our collective efforts, the Confucius Institute will surely act as a window for Ugandans, especially the youth, to understand and study Chinese culture,” he said.
In his speech read by the State Minister in the Office of the Vice President, Hon. Vincent Nyanzi, The Vice President of Uganda His Excellency Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi noted that language is a key component to culture which is a core determinant of a people’s identity. The Vice President said that understanding Chinese language will acquaint Ugandans with Chinese norms and values that have influenced China’s fast growing economy.
“Ugandans need to study Chinese to be able to associate with such a vibrant economy in politics, commerce, culture and general trade. Uganda established diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China in 1962 and has since enjoyed excellent relations in bilateral trade, cultural exchange, technology and scientific transfers, modernization of our security forces agricultural and industrial modernization” read the Vice President’s speech.
In his remarks, the Chancellor of Makerere University, Prof. George Mondo Kagonyera, hailed the strengthened cooperation between the China and Uganda in various sectors including education and business. He said through technology, the world has become more connected and Ugandans can no longer afford to live in isolation, especially from countries like China that have influenced events on the global stage.
“The rest of the world cannot afford to do without China. The Confucius Institute therefore offers an opportunity to Ugandans to learn more about China. I hope that it will not only focus on teaching the language but also the work quality and ethical values of the Chinese people,” he said.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Ambassador of the Peoples Republic of China in Uganda, H.E. Zhao Yali, said the Institute would further enhance cooperation between Uganda and China, “With the growing relations between our two countries, more and more Ugandans are visiting and studying in China, and many Chinese choose Uganda as their travel and investment destination.”
“The demand for learning Chinese and understanding Chinese culture among Ugandans has increased in the recent years. The Confucius Institute at Makerere University will provide a great platform for Ugandans to better understand Chinese language and culture” the Ambassador added
During the ceremony, Mr. Chu Maoming, Counsellor, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Uganda, read a letter from Madame Xu Lin, Chief Executive of the Confucius Institute Headquarters in Beijing congratulating Ugandans upon their “landmark achievement”.
After a sumptuous dinner, guests were treated to different activities including; martial arts displays, Traditional Chinese dressing, and entertainment from the Confucius students.
Article by Nabatte Prossy, Intern-Public Relations Office
Veteran Professor changed Makerere and Higher Education
When Professor John Ssebuwufu ambled up to receive a certificate of recognition for his ‘exceptional’ contribution to higher education from the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) at Makerere University (MU), he was thinking of many things, such as rewarding staff, that he could have done differently to impact university education more.
But he did what he could have done, under the circumstances.
He presided over MU (in 1993) when student enrolment was 5,000 and left in 2004 when the population was surging to more than 15,000.
He emphasised the use of information communication technologies in almost all the institutions he had been involved in and sent many academic staff on exchanges to boost research and innovation. Now, more African universities engage in ground-breaking research.
So, he proceeded to accept his recognition and make his acceptance speech, which was mostly about gratitude.
Ssebuwufu, 74, who is currently the chancellor at Kyambogo University and the vice-chancellor of the University of Kisubi, is credited for his exemplary leadership and pragmatic methods that have shaped higher education in Uganda and Africa as a whole.
Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program 2021/2022
The Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program is a capacity building project by the AfDB and Japan which was initiated in 2017 with the aim of providing two-year scholarship awards to highly achieving African graduate students to enable them to undergo post-graduate studies (i.e. a two-year Master’s degree program) in selected priority development areas on the continent and Japan. The overarching goal the AfDB and the Government of Japan seek to attain is to enhance skills and human resources development in Africa in under the Bank’s High 5s agenda (i.e. “Feed Africa”, “Light up Africa”, “Industrialize Africa”, “Integrate Africa” and “Improve the quality of life of the people of Africa”) and key Japanese development assistance initiatives. JADS core areas of study focus include energy, agriculture, health, environmental sustainability, and engineering. The program also seeks to promote inter-university collaboration and university-industry partnerships between Japan and Africa. Upon completion of their studies, the JADS scholars are expected to return to their home countries to apply and disseminate their newly acquired knowledge and skills in the public and private sectors, and contribute to national and continental socio-economic development.
About the JADS program
The JADS Program is open to applicants from AfDB member countries with relevant professional experience and a history of supporting their countries’ development efforts who are applying to a graduate degree program in energy development and related discipline. The program does not provide scholarships to any other graduate degree program.
The scholarship program provides tuition, a monthly living stipend, round-trip airfare, health insurance, and travel allowance.
Upon completion of their studies, the beneficiary scholars are expected to return to their home countries to apply and disseminate their newly acquired knowledge and skills, and contribute to the promotion of sustainable development of their countries.
Who is Eligible to Apply?
The program is open to those who have gained admission to an approved Masters degree course at a Japanese partner university. Candidates should be 35 years old or younger; in good health; with a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in the energy area or related area; and have a superior academic record. Upon completion of their study programs, scholars are expected to return to their home country to contribute to its economic and social development.
- Applicant requests for information and application forms and procedures from the chosen JADS partner university. For any inquiries, please contact JADS@AFDB.ORG
- Applicant completes required documents and sends them to the university.
- University evaluates and selects applicants.
- University sends selected candidates to the AfDB.
- AfDB reviews submissions from universities, prepares and approves the final list.
- AfDB contacts selected awardees, and informs the universities.
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